For 2020, Kelley lost a significant amount of fruit to wildfires and decided to combine her famed pinot gris with her beloved Nerthus skin contact to make this pale pink wine full of fresh peach and apricot with floral and mineral notes. A real joybringer, which we could all use more of in 2021.
We love it with… 🥟🌮🧀
Type: Skin Contact, Rosé
Grape: 75% Early Muscat from Eola Springs Vineyard, 25% Pinot Gris from Maresh and Weber Vineyards
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Vinification: All of the fruit was hand-picked. About 75% of the Early Muscat fruit was pressed as whole clusters. The rest, including all of the Pinot gris, was destemmed into small fermentors and pigeage in those fermenters was done by me one time per day. The whole cluster pressed Early Muscat fermented in a stainless-steel tank. After less than seven days, the free run of all fermentors was moved into the Early Muscat tank. I did not use any of the press wines this year. The Nerthus was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. Élevage was in a stainless tank until bottling.